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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Honey, I Blew Up The Audience

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Multimedia master Vincent Laforet sure knows how to nail overdone tricks on the head and follow up with unique little details that keep things fresher than a bag of Doritos chips.

Friday, January 30, 2009

There's Trouble In The Rainbow

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Not too sure if this is pure marketing genius or blatant racism at its core. Either way, it's worthy of a watch. Score two for Skitties on viral marketing (the first being that brilliant "Everything I Touch Turns Into Skittles" commercial).

Customer: Wait. I'm not eating Skittles.
Thai Tailor: Hey! You're not allowed to eat while you're working.
Filipino Mirror: Well, I'm hungry.
Thai Tailor: Ay! I have to tell you again, dummy.
Filipino Mirror: Well, I'm hungry, so of course I'm going to eat.
Thai Tailor: You're so lazy, long back! (Thai slang for lazy)
Filipino Mirror: Son of a bitch, I'm hungry! *kicks mirror*

Justin Faust Teases With Rugby Disco

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Kinda just makes you want to disco, don't it? Even if short-shorts aren't your thing, Justin Faust has an upcoming EP that might just want make you wanna get down.

Update: Reposted for good measure.

I'm In Love With Your Flickr

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Adam and Kim's dairy house is something to behold. Country modern as far as I can see. Check out their Flickr for closeups and roosters.

Andre Razo Blinds Babies With Geometrics

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Just trying to think of really bad titles that would never work on any kind of blog. More Andre here.

Nowhere To Go But Up

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The Vanguard Way House by Morrison Seifert Murphy reflects my kinda style of living. Tall ceilings. Huge windows. Tiny footprint. Of course I wouldn't build it in Texas, despite the Vietnamese population supposedly booming over there.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Max Payne Review

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I'll say it now and I'll say it again - just because it was a great video game doesn't mean it'll equate into a great movie. That said, Max Payne is still decent, despite straying a few blocks away from what it should have been. For one, the casting of Marc Walberg as Max Payne is an excellent choice - if only he played the part correctly. Instead of the insane emo maniac from the video game (with the crazy facial expressions when he fired those firearms), we have a completely emo and flat character with no emotions at all. He's just... well... emo. And that's not the Max Payne we all know and love. Ashame really, with all the production value and great editing, that Marc had to give such a lifeless performance, sinking this movie to lower than average score. 7.1/10.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

To The Bat Cave!

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Man, my list of future home improvements just keep on growing. Just where is the money when you need it?

Monday, January 26, 2009

White Floors Are Officially In (My Book)

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If you asked me two years back what color I wanted my floors to be, I'd have to stop what I'm doing and give an extensive explanation on how awesome black-painted floors would look. Now, after realizing how much dust collects onto my PS3, white and oak are the only two colors left for me. Though white does sound exceptionally fun right now... Need a tutorial? Check out Door Sixteen's.

Isaac Rentz Spices Up Golden Girls With The Pistol Youth

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It's only good after you've had a cup of Vietnamese-brewed iced coffee with condensed milk. Otherwise, a piece of technically impressive work.

Sounds Like The Kooks

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That and the girl-man complex Lissy Trullie holds so true, makes them one of the hottest commodities on the teen obsession meat market in 2009. Don't believe me? You'll just have to hear it for yourself. Also, their EP should be hitting stores Feb. 17th, so check it out if you like what you hear!

Lissy Trullie - Self-Taught Learner (MP3)

Eric, You're Overdoing It Again

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Somebody tell me he isn't serious. He's got so much hip in him that an imaginary conversation with him already puts me in a daze, causing me to question why the pieces in my life never align up to the trends set forth by social media. Or maybe I'm just truly mesmerized by them Big Bird-colored kicks.

Friday, January 23, 2009

With Uncharted 2, My Excitement Meter Runs High

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I'm so glad Naughty Dog decided to make a follow-up to one of my favorite games of 2007, Uncharted. Now, you'll actually be able to shoot people while climbing stuff, adding a whole entire new dynamic to the game. So, am I excited? Pfft, hell yes!

Felon Review

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Most prison movies are essentially the same ol' story told with different characters. However, Felon manages to break this mold by authentically portraying a gritty and realistic prison system with its own set of politics and rules. The excellent performances by both Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer brings the characters to life and the passionate direction by Ric Roman Waugh keeps the pacing on point, never stopping until the final conclusion that brings everything back from chaos. 8.4/10.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Because Life's Worth Sharing

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Nothing like some good ol' T-Mobile sponsored flash mobs to make your day.

Banana Nut Bread with Pecans/Walnuts Recipe

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This is probably the best banana nut bread recipe I have ever had. It's adapted from one at Food Network's own masterful bakers, Tyler Florence. Lastly, for the record, this recipe is much easier if you have lots of bowls and a mixing stand available at your disposal. You can still whisk if you'd like, it just takes a lot longer.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (wheat substitution works, too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 overripe bananas (you're looking for a dark brown skin)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together (in a separate bowl) for a good 3 minutes; you want a light and fluffy banana cream. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla; beat well and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated; no need to overly blend. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a good rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Don't get nervous if the banana bread develops a crack down the center of the loaf; that's no mistake, it's typical. Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even browning.

Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes or so, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Toast the slices of banana bread, dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve.

IKEA ALEX Drawers on Casters

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This, in addition to their IKEA PS, has got to be one of the best designs I've seen from the mighty blue giant lately, and it's been a real struggle keeping myself from buying one to store all my art prints. But quite frankly, I just don't have any remaining space in my apartment for the sexy lil' thang. Ah, well... $120 saved.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Steve Giralt Showcases A Modern Hipster's Mansion

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That's some serious vintage style you got 'dere. A little bit of ultra-modern. A dash of old school microphone studio equipment here. Yes, just the way I like it.

Dracula Review

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Bram Stroker's Dracula is one of those films that reel people in by making it seem like some kind of intense horror flick, but instead stayed completely true to the Stroker's novel, putting the focus on an intense love that transcends time rather a complete bloodfest (which most people had originally thought the movie to be). Overall, it's probably one of the better Dracula movies out there, benefiting from great acting throughout (even Keanu manages to convince at times), superb cinematography work, and Coppola-grade work that makes it as memorable as it is spiritually vampiric. 8.5/10.

Nike Velcro Blazer Lux

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Looks like I've found my new shoe for 2009. The Velcro Blazer Lux is basic and wearable, built from premium materials, and is sophisticated as it is simple in every way. Now gimme my Nike fix!

A Modernist's Revival

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Hmmmm... ideas, ideas. Needs to find myself a good Ansel Adams landscape portrait...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spying Into That SF Girl's Bedroom

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Oh, look at those luscious linens. That ruby red accent. That painted Lane table. I really need a full-sized bed, dammit.

Step Off, This Costume Is A Winnar

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For some reason or another, I still haven't had the chance to complete Little Big Planet. Yet, whenever I spot a costume as cute as this one, my motivation comes back full force and I'm off attempting all the achievements once again. Come to think of it, where are the Ninja Turtle levels, people? Ah, I guess this gives me something to do this weekend...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mirror's Edge (PS3) Review

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Well, after much criticism from almost every game review site I follow, I decided to give Mirror's Edge a go anyway. I did, after all, enjoy the great demo and figured if it's anything half of what the demo had to offer, then it'd be worth it. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. What I found was that the gameplay consisted of nothing but a bunch of pointless running around with terrible level design, cut-scene direction, and story (yeah, what story?). The only thing that barely saves are the graphics, but that's only if you're playing the console version. The PC port is not optimized at all and will probably just give you a really bad headache after playing a few minutes into it. Wait, no, the entire game his a headache. Even gives me a migraine just thinking about it. 6.8/10.

My Funny Eye, You Rule

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Avid blogger Famapa sure knows her stuff. Just taking a look at her home makes me want to redesign my apartment all over again. Oh... how envious I be. My blog layout is better, though.

The Milo Shoe Gallery by Bells & Whistles

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Ain't nothing like a dedicated gallery for something I have completely no understand of nor money to support as an addiction. Still, it looks dope and I really would like to start painting my shoes sparkly gold to see what kind of looks I'll get from people. More here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Biting Is Essential My Man

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So you're probably wondering who Jim Jarmusch is. He directed Ghost Dog, Dead Man, and Coffee and Cigarettes - all of which deserve consideration if you're into some offbeat inspirational stuff.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's Simpler Than You Think

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I think I go through these phases about 3-4 times a day. Except I don't usually answer "football," but, "computers."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Pineapple Express Review

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Pot comedies don't usually get well received, but it's hard to find anything wrong with Pineapple Express. It's about weed, yes, but it's also about over-the-top-ness, having a good time with friends, and a wonderful performance by James Franco. Some may argue that it's nothing you haven't seen before, but the screenplay itself is nothing but sheer excellence as you cannot find a scene that's not filled with comedy, dialogue, and gags to keep you going 'til the very end. So grab a few buddies, bust out the drinks, and get ready to have a grand ol' time. 8.8/10.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Beard Poster Is Grand, Mucho Hilarious

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In celebration of Milton Glaser's Bob Dylan cover, Michael Buchino decided it'd be better to pay homage with his own little twist to it. Beards are a go! Copped one myself for twenty bones.

Afro Samurai Review

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Man, why do I put myself through these things. This is really just trash. Terrible animation. Voice acting gives me a migraine. There is absolutely nothing in this movie that I enjoyed. Do not waste your time with this one. 5.1/10.

Moof Gets Solar Powered LED Bike Lamp

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Now, replace those hideous wheels with a set of white rollers and you've got yourself the sexiest looking bike ever created. From Areaware.

MSI Wind vs. Apple Macbook Air Showdown

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While I don't condone biting designs from another company, I can definitely see the attraction in doing so. So let's compare take a cold hard look at MSI's "Apple-inspired" Wind, shall we?

First off, I'm going to have to agree with the masses. As a netbook, the Macbook Air is outrageously priced given what you're getting. A 4200 RPM hard drive? Please. With specs this terrible, you'd probably guess that given enough time, someone would develop a Hacknintosh alternative and throw a pirated version of OSX onto it.

And so that's what happened. Except now, you have a company that's shamelessly stealing a design and actually turning into an ugly piece of shit. How is that possible, especially if you try and blantantly stealing a design off Apple? Whether you're in agreement or not, it's outright ridiculous that they're not getting sued already by Apple.

More value, I must agree, but again, stealing is wrong and there's no doubt MSI's wearing the darkside shorts here. That, in addition with their reputation of ripping off customers with rebates in the past, convinces me to say that their entry into the netbook playing field is dispicable and doesn't deserve a penny from consumers.

As long as there are people who shop at Walmart and Hong Kong knock-off manufacturers looking to make an easy dime, there will be MSI. And as long as Apple continues to price shit so goddamn high, consumers will only get more inbred retard looking alternatives designed for bottom feeders.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Martin Margiela Spring 2009 Sneakers

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These kicks really make me want to make a cake and eat it too. Oh, how I love your designs, Martin Margiela...

New Final Fantasy XIII Character Gets The Perfect Fro

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Overdrive Gauge now = Groove Gauge. Get your funk on to activate super psychedelic attacks! But no really, in all seriousness, it's nice to see Square Enix finally reintroducing the brotha' to the franchise again. Just take a look at Barret - the angry guy with a machine gun on his arm - he's got to be one of the best characters ever created for any video game.

Zhang Li Is A Little Late For Christmas

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But just in time to pull off a quick pose using two steps from the "Instant Method" demonstrated just a few days ago by Kim So Jung. See? It really works! You can't even tell that she's cross-eyed!

Sleeping with the World on My Mind

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That Ferm Living wall map is pretty damn awesome. The Eames rocker in bright bus yellow with matching alarm clock gets it an A+.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kevin Munoz Knows How To Capitalize On Cool

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If you ask me, you can never really go wrong when it comes to using a wookie as subject matter for art. Absolutely loving the 5-color screen print found over at Nakatomi Inc. Too bad they're forcing you to buy it with a shitty pink t-shirt.

Fever Ray, For Those Who Enjoy Weirdness

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Fans of The Knife, you gotta hear this. It makes you feel like flying, smoking crank, and walking atop wine bottles, all simultaneously. Too bad it ends just right when you're getting into it.

Fever Ray -
I'm Not Done (MP3)

Why, That's Mighty Classy of You Sir

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Oh Urbanoutfitters, how I hate your pricing and love your ideas. This has got to top it all. Ceramic mugs made to look like caveman-made drinking tools. Love it, but priced at $10 a pop? Hells no.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Illegal? Pretty Much, But It's Still Damn Cool

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Sorry, but I just had to share. If you're using your PS3 and want to view full movies for free, try this:

  1. In your PS3 browser, type in divxcrawler.com.
  2. From there, select a movie of your choice and press the Triangle button over the Download link provided.
  3. Go to File > Save Target > and save it to your PS3 hard drive.
  4. Voila! Instant downloads direct to your PS3.
Update: Nevermind. It downloads at 1.4 KB/sec max. What a major bag of fail.

World of Goo (PC) Review

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Like addictive, mind-bending puzzle games? I do. A game that utilizes barely any system resources, it's a great way to make use of an old laptop or computer. Now the gameplay, it's excellent. Addicting. Like crack. Play it and you'll see what I mean. 8.8/10.

Top 5 Sandwiches of All Time

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If there's one thing I love about sandwiches, it's the sheer ingeniousness of its design and simplicity. I eat one almost every other day. Here are my favorites:

  1. The Tuna Sammich: With flaked tuna mixed in mayonnaise and relish, salt, pepper, and thinly sliced cucumbers, it's the perfect re-energizing lunch sandwich.
  2. The BLT: Who can go wrong with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on sourdough? Try adding avocado for extra oomph or frying bacon in balsamic vinegar. It's godly.
  3. The Cubano: I love these things ever since I had one in New York for the very first time. It's classic ham, roasted pork, green chilis, and swiss cheese with pickles and mustard in between two pieces of Cuban bread. Mmmm-mmm.
  4. The Pulled Pork Sandwich: There's nothing like a slow-cooked pork shoulder and hamburger bun. Cook it with your favorite BBQ sauce and you'll get the perfect sandwich for cookouts. Serve with coleslaw.
  5. The Turkey Cranberry: Discovered at Togos and now I make it on the daily. There's no better combination of sweet and salty out there.

LIMONete Brings The Your Grandfather Into 2009

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Sleek typography tops it off to complete the ultra retro-modern continuum of design monkey goodness. More great design ideas here.

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